Trust is a huge deal for Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, who told former Jazz CEO Greg Miller during his hiring process, “When a team plays defense together well, it’s an indication they trust each other.”
The Jazz started to benefit from that trust factor — gained from months of intensive work on forming solid habits — the last few months of the 2014-15 NBA season. Utah went from the worst defensive team in the league to the best in a Snyder-led transformation that pushed the franchise’s rebuilding project into fast forward.
When Snyder was asked last Tuesday if he’d like to see Rudy Gobert get going before the season began, he delivered this assessment — something that was obviously on his mind: “Yeah, look, the thing about our team is we’ve got some good players. We’ve got an opportunity to be a good team. It’s not like anybody or our team has done anything.”
Shades of Jerry Sloan ...
Quin Snyder was right to call it like it is — By Brad Rock
While some folks figure that the Jazz will only go as far as Hayward and Favors carry them, it's their supporting cast that may very well determine just how successful this youthful franchise will be in the 2015-16 season and future seasons to come.
Rudy Gobert, guard tandems and role players could hold key to success — By Randy Hollis
“It’s something about professionalism I can teach these young guys. I learned from some really good professionals, so that’s something Fave and me who have been around a little longer, can show these guys.”
Meet the team: News and notes on all 15 players — By Ryan McDonald